“Banda Magda makes music for a new generation.” -- The Oberlin Review
“Magda Giannikou leads her international band Banda Magda with a sense of joy and orchestration that produces a unique language and cross-cultural experience to the listener."" -- Jamey Haddad, percussionist
(Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding, Nancy Wilson)
“My favorite band in the whole world. Music and pure joy.” -- Michael League, owner of groundUP records, bassist
(Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin, Patti Austin, Robert Glasper)
Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. After their debut album “Amour, t’es là?” and sophomore “Yerakina”, Banda Magda released its 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor "Tigre" on September 15, 2017 on groundUP / Verve Label Group.